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Birmingham, Alabama, is the largest city in Alabama. It has hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. Thanks to recent revitalization efforts, it is a great place to visit with the whole family. There are plenty of FREE cultural, educational, and historical things to see and do. Here are the top 25 FREE things to do in Birmingham, Alabama.

Top 25 FREE Things to Do In Birmingham

Civil Rights District

You can walk around the district to the sites where headlines were made. There are signs and monuments explaining what took place at the different locations. Be sure to visit Kelly Ingram Park. There are statues depicting scenes from the civil rights struggles.


Birmingham Museum of Art

That’s right, the Birmingham Museum Of Art has FREE admission and FREE parking! It is complete with 25,000 drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and decorative pieces from all over the world. There is even a hands-on area for kids.

Railroad Park

Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in the city. The park has an outdoor gym, playgrounds, ponds, a wetlands area, walking track, and more. If you visit during the summer, be sure to check out the community calendar for free movies, concerts, and other programs.

Eternal World Television Network Tours

The Eternal World Television Network has FREE tours during the week. It is considered the world’s largest religious media operation and you can see the studios and control rooms. The network provides shows to more than 150 million TV households worldwide.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Don’t forget to bring your camera when you visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens! The gardens are Alabama’s largest living museum. There are more than 12,000 plants, 30+ sculptures, two rose gardens, and so much more! This is Alabama’s most visited FREE attraction and is open daily.

Sloss Furnaces

Sloss Furnaces is a National Historical Monument. The Sloss Furnaces were used for iron production and now has two 400-ton blast furnaces and some forty other buildings. There are free self-guided tours available during their open hours.

Heaviest Corner Of The World

The heaviest corner of the world is the name given to the corner of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North. The corner was given this name when the four tallest buildings in the South were built there simultaneously.

Negro Southern League Museum

Explore the history of black baseball players in the South in this free museum.

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

The Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is just a few minutes from downtown with trails, geocaching, overlooks and more! Parking is $5 for a one-day pass.

Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook is one of America’s most wealthy communities. The hilly area has large wooden estates in pristine condition. There are shopping and entertainment villages that offer upscale shopping and dining. To keep it free, you’ll just want to walk around or drive though this beautiful area.

Gardendale Splash Pad

The Gardendale Splash Pad is a great place to take the kids during the summer! There is a colorful array of water guns, fountains, sprinklers, and tipping buckets.


Statue of Liberty

That’s right,  you can visit the Statue of Liberty in Alabama! This replica is one fifth the size of the real Statue of Liberty and is located in Liberty Park. The flame is lit by natural gas and has only gone out twice.

Aldridge Gardens

Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre garden with hydrangeas, gallery, lake, and walking trail. There is as summer concert series, classes and seminars, bird walks, fishing days, and more!

The Heart Of Dixie Railroad Museum

Every Saturday at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, you can see all of the collections of railway equipment and home of the Polar Express. Entrance to the museum is free, but there is a charge for train rides.


Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington

The Museum of George Washington has artifacts and art from the colonial period to 1865. Some fun items included are Martha Washington’s prayer book, an original 1787 Samuel Vaughn sketch of Mt. Vernon grounds, and writing instruments and tools from George Washington’s survey case.

Moss Rock Preserve

Moss Rock Preserve has great walking trails among a unique ecosystem called sandstone glade with rare plants, waterfalls, wildlife and more.  It is located in Hoover, AL just outside of Birmingham.

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is a 700 acre preserve. There are three endangered species of fish, hiking, two swimming areas including a natural rock water slide that ends in a short waterfall.

Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park is a great park with trails and awesome views, especially good for watching the sunset.


Float Down the Cahaba River

Bring your own float and float down the Cahaba River! There are also rope swings or you can canoe, kayak, and swim!

Pepper Place Market

Pepper Place Market is Birmingham’s largest farmers’ market. It is held on Saturday with food, clothes, pottery, and more!

Jemison Trail

Walk Jemison Trail and check out the Historic Old Mill. It is 3 miles long and is good for all skill levels.

Tour Churches

The Cathedral of Saint Paul is one of the most famous Catholic churches in the South. You can also head to the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

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Birmingham Library

This library is more than just books! There are over a million archives from the history of the civil rights movement, free Wi-Fi, free children’s activities, free cooking classes, and more!

Kelly Ingram Park

Part of the National Park Service, this park was an important location during the civil rights movement.

City Walk

This amazing space features a skate park, skating rink, and even free pickleball courts!


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Birmingham, Alabama, is the site of major events in the civil rights movement and a great place to go. Here are the top 25 FREE things to do in Birmingham!